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MITOU KAIGI 2021 to be Held by Video Conference

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March 3, 2021

The MITOU Program has been fostering creators who have unique ideas for paving the way to Japan’s better future and who have cultivated potential in innovation. To attract the attention of people in a wide variety of fields to such outcomes of the program, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Information-technology Promotion Agency, Japan (IPA) and Mitou Foundation will jointly hold MITOU KAIGI 2021 by video conference on March 10 (Wed.), 2021.

1. Outline

The IPA has been working on the MITOU program to discover and foster outstanding human resources with outstanding IT ability for 21 years since FY2000, and has fostered over about 1,700 talented people called “MITOU human resources” as graduates of the program. MITOU human resources have made contributions to many fields in society and over 270 of them have started their own businesses or commercialized their own inventions.

The MITOU KAIGI conference is an event aiming to further enrich and develop the program. Against the backdrop of the worldwide advancement of industrial and technological innovations, such as IoT, artificial intelligence and robots, in all industrial fields, METI recognizes the importance of raising public awareness regarding the potential of innovations brought about by MITOU human resources in a wide range of fields, and to this end, it has been holding the conference every March 10, or MITOU day, to attract public attention since 2015.

MITOU KAIGI 2021 this year will be broadcast by video conference using the Niconico Live, Facebook Live and YouTube Live online programs.

2. Date and venue

Date and time: March 10 (Wed.), 2021; from 15:00 to 18:00

3. Organizers and co-organizer


IPA and Mitou Foundation



4. Program (tentative)


Keynote speech

Keynote speech by a MITOU Overall Project Manager

Dr. Natsuno Takeshi, MITOU Overall Project Manager
(Guest Professor, Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University)

Special lecture

Dr. Ishiguro Hiroshi, Project Manager, MITOU Advanced Program
(Professor, Graduate School of Engineering Science, Osaka University; Visiting Director, Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratories, Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International)

Creators’ talks

Short presentations by graduates of the MITOU Program

  1. Mr. Nagai Hirotomo
    (President, Water Cell Inc.; graduate of the FY2008 MITOU Program)
    Title: Agri-note for realizing DX in agriculture

  2. Dr. Nakamura Hiromi
    (Project Associate Professor, Rekimoto Laboratory, Applied Computer Science Course, Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, the University of Tokyo; graduate of the FY2010 MITOU Program)
    Title: Electricity as a new spice for the 21st century

  3. Mr. Fujimoto Minoru
    (President and CEO, mplusplus Co., Ltd.; graduate of the FY2009 MITOU Program)
    Title: Creation of new performances using LEDs

  4. Mr. Seki Haruyuki
    (Representative Director, Code for Japan; graduate of the FY2009 MITOU Program)
    Title: Sangharama, bazaar and open government

Panel discussion

 Panel discussion between MITOU Project Managers and graduates of the MITOU Program

5. How to view the conference

Reference: Outline of the MITOU Program

Division in Charge

IT Innovation Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau

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